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Government imposes levy of 10% BCD on certain electronic goods

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The Government constituted the Inter Ministerial Committee [IMC] comprising of officers from Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Department of Commerce (DoC), Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and Department of Revenue (DoR) identified electronic/ IT/telecom products, which are not Information Technology Agreement [ITA] – I bound, will face customs duty enhancement on them. 

The 10% basic customs duty (BCD) imposed would be applied  on certain electronic goods –

a) Cellular mobile phones and specified parts of cellular mobile phones like charger, battery, wire headset, Microphone and Receiver, Key Pad, USB Cable etc.

b) Certain other specified electronic goods. 

The present exemption from basic customs duty on specified parts of mobile, namely, printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA), Camera Module, Connectors Display Assembly, Touch Panel/Cover Glass Assembly, Vibrator Motor / Ringer will continue.

Further, inputs and raw material for manufacture of parts of above specified electronics goods including mobile phones will also continue to be exempted from BCD.

A number of notifications have been issued in this regard: Notification nos. 56/2017-Customs, 57/2017-Customs and 58/2017-Customs, all dated 30.06.2017.

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